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Overview

Introduction to Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Fitchburg, Wisconsin, in Dane county, is located 8 miles SW of Madison, Wisconsin and 79 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is considered as part of the Madison metropolitan area.

Fitchburg is an eclectic blend of city and rural life, encompassing 22 thousand acres of rolling hills and family farms, as well as unique recreational opportunities including various bike trails and exceptional parks systems. The city's knowledge-based economy focuses on innovation with a solid base in information, bio, and nano technologies, thermoforming, medical instrumentation, and various forms of agriculture.

Fitchburg History

Fitchburg was originally a town, but it was officially incorporated as a city in 1983. At that time, Madison tried to annex the town of Fitchburg and take it under its own territory, but that incorporation prohibited its annexation.

Fitchburg and nearby Attractions

  • Badger State Trail
  • Capital City State Trail
  • Military Ridge State Trail
  • Cannonball Path
  • Quarry Ridge Recreation Area (includes mountain bike trails and freeride area)
  • Fitchburg Splash Pad / Kids' Crossing Dream Park (both located at McKee Farms Park)
  • Nevin Fish Hatchery - Wisconsin's first fish hatchery
  • Eplegaarden (a u-pick orchard)
  • Agora Art Fair

Things To Do In Fitchburg

Visitors to Fitchburg can plan a daylong bike ride on any of the beautiful bike trail systems, stop at a restaurant for outdoor dining, or take a picnic and rest at beautiful McKee Farms Park, beautifully located in the heart of Fitchburg. All of the city's hotels are located on bike trails, so staying in Fitchburg allows visitors to enjoy Madison by bike and not have to worry about parking. Quarry Ridge Recreation Area is one of Wisconsin's only free single track mountain bike parks with freeride structures to get the adrenaline flowing.

A visit to Hatchery Hill Towne Center will provide entertainment options, dining and nightlife options, salons, and shopping. The Nevin Fish Hatchery--the state's very first fish hatchery--provides tours for free. Multiple trout ponds demonstrate the life cycle of the trout and how the State stocks the trout population for Wisconsin's rivers and lakes.

Fitchburg also offers the beautiful Eplegaarden orchards, featuring many varieties of apples, pears, raspberries, grapes, squash, pumpkins, and freshly made apple cider. In the summer months, locals and tourists alike visit the orchards on Sundays for live folk music.

Fitchburg Transportation

Dane County Airport is nearby, and Madison Metro provides public bus transportation throughout Fitchburg.

Fitchburg Higher Education

Fitchburg is just a few miles from the renowned University of Wisconsin - Madison. Upper Iowa University, Madison College, Rock Valley Technical College and Edgewood College are other local institutions of higher education.

For more information about the city, please contact the Fitchburg Chamber Visitor & Business Bureau at Visit Fitchburg.

People

Total Population 26,616
Male Share of the Population 52.2%
Female Share of the Population 47.8%
Senior Citizens 9.7%
Employed Population 16+ 14,134
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 48.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 46%
Median Earnings25+ $35,925
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,068
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,765

Wealth

Median Family Income $72,663
% Above Poverty Level 84.6%
% Below Poverty Level 15.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $875
Median House Value $272,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 11.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fitchburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SW of Madison, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 79 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dane
Metro Area Madison
Standard Zip Codes 53575, 53593, 53711, 53713, 53719
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.96
Longitude -89.469

Fitchburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ARBORETUM UNIV WIS
Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 27 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station CHARMANY FARM
Distance 7.4 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Station BRODHEAD
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belleville 2,643 $74,550
Brooklyn 1,428 $82,333
Madison 243,122 $78,580
Oregon 9,769 $87,824
Shorewood Hills 1,839 $166,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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